An explainer of Taylor Swift's legal battle against Denver DJ

Taylor Swift will be back in the spotlight on Monday to testify against a Denver DJ, who she claims groped her.

The pop star has been involved in an ongoing lawsuit with the DJ, David Mueller, who claimed he was wrongfully terminated when Swift accused him of groping her at a meet-and-greet just prior to one of her concerts at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013.

However, Swift is adamant the on-air personality lifted up her skirt the moment they were posing for a photo.

Swift and her camp never filed a harassment claim with authorities, but did provide KYGO with evidence and her rep said the station then made its own decision to fire Mueller two days later.

Swift recalls feeling ‘violated’ after allegedly being groped

The “Bad Blood” singer recorded a testimony that was viewed in court, where she recalled the horrifying encounter.

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Recording artist Taylor Swift will testify in a case that a Denver DJ was wrongfully terminated for being accused of harassing the singer.


The 27-year-old is scheduled to appear in court to testify on Monday, according to CNN. Her mother, Andrea Swift, is also listed as a witness, as well as a photographer, a member of her management team and a bodyguard.

Here’s a breakdown of the legal battle ahead the Aug. 7 trial:

The initial suit

The incident first made headlines in Sept. 2015 — nearly two years after the alleged incident at Denver’s Pepsi Center — when Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift after having been terminated from the radio station KYGO following accusations by Swift’s security team that he grabbed her butt backstage.

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Mueller had denied inappropriate contact and also pushed the blame onto one of his co-workers, who was present at the time of the photo.

“Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault — it was Mueller.”

Swift files counter-suit

A month after Mueller filed suit, Swift fired back in October accusing him of not brushing up against her, but lifting up her skirt and grabbing her buttocks.

Taylor’s deposition

During the singer’s testimony in Oct. 2016, she recalled feeling “violated” at the instance Mueller inappropriately touched her.

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“Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my a– cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there,” the transcript of Swift’s videotaped testimony read.

David Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift.

David Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift.

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“It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life,” she continued.

Swift was 23 at the time of the alleged incident.

“Extremely personal” photo leaked

The “extremely personal” photo from the incident was ordered by a judge to be remained sealed in October, but somehow, a month later it went public on TMZ.

Swift was worried that if the photo, and a series of others, were leaked that the press would have a field day with them.

Swift recorded a testimony that was viewed in court, where she recalled the horrifying encounter.

Swift recorded a testimony that was viewed in court, where she recalled the horrifying encounter.

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It is unclear if any legal action was taken against publications that proceeded to post the image, but it still remains on a number of sites.

Mueller’s legal team claimed that the photo only helps his case because it appears his hand was not up the singer’s skirt. However, it does appear his arm and hand are both sitting low behind Swift as they pose for the shot.

Later in November, Mueller appeared on the radio show “Mojo in the Morning” and said all that happened was that their “hands touched and our arms crossed.”

“That’s all I remember,” he said. “(My hand) went behind her, and her hand went behind me.”

Slander claim dismissed

The most recent update in the case between Swift and Mueller came on June 1 when a judge dismissed Mueller’s claims of slander.

While the slander claim was thrown out, the rest of the trial will begin to move forward on Monday.

Swift had said that any monetary gain she receives in the lawsuits will go directly to charities for victims for sexual assault.

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